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    Thermal Protection

    Thermal Protection is Essential to Maintain Healthy Hair

    It’s Friday night and you are getting ready for a night out on the town. You’ve mastered your liquid eye liner, have your lips lined to perfection, now for the finishing touches to your hair. As you are curling your hair you find yourself checking under your arms to be sure you applied deodorant. You sniff your wrists to be sure your perfume hasn’t gone off. It’s at this moment you realize the scent you smell is that of singed hair, your hair. We’ve all done it. After reading today’s article, you can rest assured it won’t happen again.

    Thermal Protection

    Two words to always look for when purchasing your hair care products. Professional hair care lines such as Goldwell, KMS, Soma, Rusk and Joico, offer thermal protection in many of their products, from shampoo to styling creams. Thermal protection in your hair care products will protect your hair from the heat of a blow dryer, curling  iron, hot rollers and flat irons. It also helps control fly-aways and frizz while protecting your hair from breakage.  And in some circumstances, thermal protection can help retain the vibrancy of your hair color.

    The heat protection product that best suits you depends on how you like to style your hair, for instance, if you like to flat iron everyday, a thermal protectant spray is your best bet. You prefer to blow dry your hair straight? A thermal styling cream will be most effective. Thermal protectants can be found in styling creams, mousses, sprays and some oils.  When using an oil – be sure that the oil is designated as a thermal protectant. If it isn’t, you are in essence cooking that product into your hair, which in turn will cause more breakage, damage and frizz. The following are products that offer thermal protection that I have either used personally or are a BIG hit with our clients and customers.

    Best Heat Protectant – Styling Creams 

    Apply to towel dried hair, followed by blow drying.

    Bain De Terre Day Lily Bodifier – adds volume without adding build up or flaking.

    Goldwell  Flat Marvel – a straightening cream that also offers color protection.

    Joico  K-Pak Smoothing Balm – a smoothing balm that offers humidity resistance (tames frizz by sealing the hair cuticle).

    Best Heat Protectant – Mousse

    Apply to towel dried hair, followed by blow drying

    Goldwell Top Whip – great volume, no flaking.

    KMS Add Volume Styling Foam – a light weight mousse with great volume.

    Matrix Design Pulse Go Big Extra Strong Mousse – the name speaks for itself

    Best Heat Protectant – Thermal Setting Sprays

    Apply to dry hair before styling, to add hold. *Great for hard to hold curls and up-do’s.

    Redken Hot Sets #22 -a  firmer hold that leaves no residue on the hair

    Matrix Biolage Thermal Setting Spray – a medium hold with no flaking

    Soma Voluminize Thermal Spray – Can also be used on towel dried hair to add volume. Humidity resistant.

    Best Heat Protectant – Thermal Sprays

    Apply to dry hair right before using a flat iron or curling iron *no hold factor

    Bain De Terre Magnolia Thermal Spray – an aerosol that offers humidity resistance

    Osis Flatliner – a pump spray with humidity protection

    Joico Smooth Cure Thermal Styling Protectant – a pump spray that offers up to 72 hours of humidity resistance. *can also be used as a blow dry spray.

    Not only will thermal protectants protect your hair from the heat of your styling tools, reduce frizz, fly aways and breakage and protect your color,  they will also save the need of reapplying your mascara after wiping away your tears over singed hair.

    Thermal Protection
    Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.


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